Sunday, 31 July 2011

In my mailbox #16

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren which aims to let book bloggers share what books they have bought, swapped or borrowed during the week.

For review I received:
Mister Creecher by Chris Priestley
The Legacy by Gemma Malley
Lottie Biggs Is Not Tragic by Hayley Long
Thanks to Bloomsbury and Macmillan
(not sure when I will get to read them though eekkk)

I bought:
You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith
The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta
(I read the Piper's Son IMMEDIATELY it was amazing my review will be up this week)

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
by E. Lockhart
(I have heard this is fantastic so I cannot wait to start it)
Same Difference by Siobhan Vivian
(I had this on my wishlist)

Incubus by Carol Goodman
(I had ordered it ages ago and forgot all about it oops)

I received a few cool swops:
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and
David Levithan
Are We There Yet? by David Levithan
(After reading and loving Dash and Lily's Book of Dares I have been on the lookout for more from David Levithan so was jumping with joy when I got these two books as swops on Read It Swop It)

For my kindle I also bought:
Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
(Jennifer Estep is an auto buy for me, this is the first instalment of her new YA series. I read it that day and loved it my review will be up this week.)

What was in your mailbox this week?

Saturday, 30 July 2011

On my wishlist

On my wish list is a fun little weekly meme started over at Book Chick City. I list the books that I really want to buy or borrow, they can be older books, just released or not even out yet books and then I drool over everyone else's wish lists and add even more books to my already enormous TBR list.
I have 3 anthologies on my wishlist this week. I quite like anthologies as they often have fab little extra stories from my favourite authors (in this case Stacia Kane, G.A Aiken and Larissa Ione) but I also quite like the chance to try out other authors I haven't read yet without having to read (and pay for) a full book that may in fact turn out to be crap.

Home Improvement: Undead Edition
Ace Books
Publication date: 2nd August

There's nothing like home renovation for finding skeletons in the closet or otherwordly portals in the attic. Now, for any homeowner who's ever wondered, "What's that creaking sound?" or fans of "how to" television who'd like a little unreality mixed in with their reality shows, editors Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner return with an all-new collection of the paranormal perils of Do-It-Yourself.
Sookie Stackhouse resides in these pages, in a never-before-published story by #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris. And New York Times bestselling authors Patricia Briggs, James Grady, Heather Graham, Melissa Marr, and nine other outstanding writers have constructed more frightening and funny fixer-upper tales guaranteed to shake foundations and rattle readers' pipes.

I really want to buy Home Improvement:Undead Edition as Stacia Kane and Suzanne McLeod both have stories included in this.

Publication date: 30th August
In this tantalizing collection, four New York Times bestselling authors invite you into the alluring worlds they've created in the Demonica, Guardians of Eternity, Nightwalkers, and Dragon Kin series. Each mesmerizing page will leave you craving more. . .

"Vampire Fight Club " by Larissa Ione
When a wave of violence forces shapeshifter Vladlena to go undercover, her first stop is a haven of vice—with a dangerously sexy vamp in charge. Both Vladlena and Nathan are hiding something, but they can't conceal the lust that simmers between them . . .

"Darkness Eternal " by Alexandra Ivy
After being held captive by one vampire for four centuries, Kata had no intention of taking another one to the underworld with her. Yet even in the pits of hell, there's no ignoring the intoxicating desire awakened by his touch. . .

"Kane " by Jacquelyn Frank
Kane knows Corrine was meant to be his. . . just as he knows that truly possessing the lovely human is forbidden. But on the night of the Samhain moon, the beast in every demon is stronger than reason, and Kane's hunger is more powerful than any punishment. . .

"Dragon on Top " by G.A. Aiken
Escorting the highborn Bram through deadly Sand Dragon territory will try Ghleanna's patience. . . and her resolve. For Bram is determined to enhance the journey with a seduction no female could resist. . .

G.A Aiken AND Larissa Ione- what's not to like?????

Chicks Kick Butt
Tor Books
Publication date: 7th June

Chicks are awesome—and never more so than when they are kicking some serious vampire/werewolf/demon/monster butt.
Chicks Kick Butt is an anthology that features one of the best things about the urban fantasy genre: strong, independent, and intelligent heroines who are quite capable of solving their own problems and slaying their own dragons (or demons, as the case may be).
Edited by Kerrie Hughes and Rachel Caine, Chicks Kick Butt features original stories from thirteen authors, eleven of whom are New York Times bestsellers: Rachel Caine (with a story from her bestselling Weather Wardens universe), L.A. Banks, Rachel Vincent, Karen Chance, Lilith Saintcrow, Cheyenne McCray, Susan Krinard, Jeanne Stein, Jenna Black, Susan Krinard, Jeanne Stein, Jenna Black, Elizabeth Vaughan, Nelson Douglas, P.N. Elrod, Nancy Holder.

The title alone makes me want to buy it because Chicks do indeed kick butt.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Review- A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

A Beautiful Dark
Jocelyn Davies
Harper Teen
Publication date: 27th September
My rating: 3 out of 5

On the night of Skye's seventeenth birthday, she meets two enigmatic strangers. Complete opposites--like fire and ice--Asher is dark and wild, while Devin is fair and aloof. Their sudden appearance sends Skye's life into a tailspin. She has no idea what they want, or why they seem to follow her every move--only that their presence coincides with a flurry of strange events. Soon she begins to doubt not just the identity of the two boys, but also the truth about her own past.

In the dead of a bitingly cold Colorado winter, Skye finds herself coming to terms with the impossible secret that threatens to shatter her world. Torn between Asher, who she can't help falling for, and Devin, who she can't stay away from, the consequences of Skye's choice will reach further than the three of them could ever imagine.

A Beautiful Dark fell short of my expectations, it was just too slow for me by about half way through nothing had really happened yet and I had started to loose interest.

Moreover, the love triangle just didn't really do it for me. I couldn't really see Skye picking either Devin or Asher, Devin was a bit too straight laced and closed up and Asher was a bad boy who didn't really do anything bad apart from flirt with other girls. Usually when there is a love triangle going on I firmly park myself on one "team" or the other but I just didn't really like either of them much. At one point I rather hoped Skye would pick her normal friend Ian who makes a mean latte but it wasn't to be.

It did pick up a bit after the half way mark and I ended up quite enjoyed the mythology/ angel history lesson and I found myself really completely taken aback by the ending which was a bit of a shocker. Overall, A Beautiful Dark is one of those books that was just interesting enough to keep me reading but didn't really grab me.

Thanks to Harper Teen and Net Galley for the chance to read A Beautiful Dark before it's publication date.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

My book boyfriend # 12

Yay for book boyfriend day! My book boyfriend began over at The Unread Reader and has now pretty much taken over my Wednesday's. Every Wednesday I drool over a fictional male character and rack my brains to think of what yummy person I will use in pictures to make everyone else drool too.

My book boyfriend this week is Sed from Rock Hard by Olivia Cunning. This book is the second in the series and is completely HAWT. It's not for the faint hearted there are tonnes of full on and I mean COMPLETELY FULL ON sex scenes and sweary words but it's also hilariously funny and brilliant. Sed is the mega famous rock god and lead singer of The Sinners, he's a head strong, domineering chick magnet but underneath he's actually a sweet, talented song writer who is protective of those he loves. He never really got over feisty Jessica his ex-fiancee and has been on the road with his band for two years getting up to all sorts of shenanigans but Jessica comes back into his life and spends the summer with the band and they fall in love again.

"Just leave me alone Sed. You're the last person on Earth I want to see right now."
She was the only person on Earth he wanted to see. Ever.
He let her pass and entered the bathroom, closing the door quietly. He didn't really need to use the bathroom. He'd just wanted to be near her. Even if she did sprout her hatred at him. Hatred was better than nothing. Hatred he could deal with. He couldn't deal with nothing. He'd tried to deal with nothing for two years. It never went away. Just sat there inside his chest as a big empty hole.

"I still hate you," she said. "That doesn't seem to stop me from wanting you, though."
"So, this is just about-"
"Sex, Sedric. Nothing more."
Could he have a purely sexual relationship with Jessica? He had no problem having that kind of relationship with dozens of other women, so why was he hesitating with her? Because she was different.
She could hurt him.
She did hurt him.
Just looking at her hurt. When he couldn't see her, it hurt. When he thought about her, it hurt. When he tried not to think about her, it hurt. But which hurt more, being with her or being without her?"
The entire time his internal battle raged, she just stared up at him, waiting for him to make the next move. His hand trembled as he lifted it to cup her jaw. His thumb brushed across her lips. Should he kiss her? She wouldn't realise that he hadn't kissed another woman since he'd fallen in love with her. Maybe his body had cheated, but his heart never had. 

"Tomorrow was my second chance to make things right but it never came. I’m sorry I never treasured the time we had for those regrets I take the blame. You gave everything you had. I took without giving back."

Sed paused in his song, feeling ridiculous for singing it to her while they made love.
“Baby, you realize this song is about Trey’s dead dog, don’t you?"

I have no idea who the male model in the pictures actually is I just saw the pictures and immediately thought hot rock god. *fans self*

Monday, 25 July 2011

Review - Dead On The Delta by Stacey Jay

Dead On The Delta
Stacey Jay
Publication date: 31st May
My rating: 4.5 out of 5

Once upon a time, fairies were the stuff of bedtime stories and sweet dreams. Then came the mutations, and the dre-ams became nightmares. Mosquito-size fairies now indulge their taste for human blood—and for most humans, a fairy bite means insanity or death. Luckily, Annabelle Lee isn’t most humans. The hard-drinking, smart-mouthed, bicycle-riding redhead is immune to fairy venom, and able to do the dirty work most humans can’t. Including helping law enforcement— and Cane Cooper, the bayou’s sexiest detective—collect evidence when a body is discovered outside the fairy-proof barricades of her Louisiana town.
But Annabelle isn’t equipped to deal with the murder of a six year- old girl or a former lover-turned-FBI snob taking an interest in the case. Suddenly her already bumpy relationship with Cane turns even rockier, and even the most trust-worthy friends become suspects. Annabelle’s life is imploding: between relationship drama, a heartbreaking murder investigation, Breeze-crazed drug runners, and a few too many rum and Cokes, Annabelle is a woman on the run—from her past, toward her future, and into the arms of a darkness waiting just for her. . . .

I love gritty Urban Fantasy, on one hand I love the strong kick ass chicks however, I also have a huge soft spot for the flawed female characters with a self destructive streak that occasionally pop up in UF, they just seem more realistic to me. Annabelle in Dead on the Delta is a perfect example of a gritty, flawed female character. A med school drop out who has had a difficult upbringing she wants an uncomplicated slacker type lifestyle: she rides a bike, lives pretty much hand to mouth despite earning a good wage and doesn't want to commit to her very lovely and understanding cop boyfriend Cane. She's also pretty much an alcoholic and pops pills like dolly mixtures to help her sleep at night. She's complicated but I really liked her pretty much from the start, she reminds me of Chess from Stacia Kane's Downside Ghosts series which is one of my all time favourite series.

There's loads going on in Dead on the Delta. Firstly, there are scary fairies who have evolved after a chemical spill, they no longer sing and make stuff out of acorns a la Tinkerbell they are now bigger and have huge jaws, one fairy bite will either kill a human outright (if the person is lucky) or you get carted away to a government run camp for a long agonising death. Nice. Annabelle like only 1% of the population is immune to fairy bites which is why it's her job to pick up fairy poo (it can be made into an addictive substance called Breeze which makes people go insane) and she can also leave the iron gated community the remaining population are forced to live behind for their own safety. Annabelle is sent to retrieve the body of a local eight year old girl who has been murdered and finds herself not only in the middle of the murder investigation but in the middle of a bit of a love triangle as her ex boyfriend who is now an FBI agent comes to town to help with the investigation.

I liked the fact there was more emphasis on the gritty murder mystery than the love triangle in Dead on the Delta. I actually wasn't too keen on either Hitch the ex boyfriend (now FBI agent) or Caine the current boyfriend, neither of which really stood out much for me, I couldn't really see Annabelle with either of them really.

Equally, I adored the swampy Southern atmosphere which literally poured through Dead on the Delta and the world building was pretty amazing, it wasn't too far away from reality that it seemed kind of possible. The scary fairies were fantastic and there are hints of magic nicely set up for the second book in the series.

Overall, Dead on the Delta is a really fast paced edgy read with loads of twists and turns that kept me on my toes throughout. My immediate thoughts when I finished it were: 1. Wow great ending never saw that coming. 2. I want the next book Blood on the Bayou NOW! I immediately added it to my "I want to buy it the minute it comes out" list on goodreads. Promising and full of potential and is definitely the kind of UF that I love.

It's Monday what are you reading?

I've had loads of time to read this week as I have been in bed with a cold and generally weezing like an old man so I've been catching up on all the books that have been on my shelf for a while and have put them up for swop on RISI and UK Book Swop.

I'm currently reading

I'm over half way through, it's okay so far a bit slow but I am persevering as it's one of my Net Galley books that I have been meaning to read for a while.

I finished
Quite a few actually and now have loads of reviews to catch up on. I absolutely loved Saving Francesca and I am hoping my postman delivers The Piper's Son sharpish or I will explode.

Next up
I plan to read a few of my Net Galley books

However, I have a few books ordered and heading my way so if they arrive I will ditch all previous plans and read the one with the nicest cover as usual!

What are you reading?

Sunday, 24 July 2011

In my mailbox #15

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren which aims to let book bloggers share what books they have bought, swapped or borrowed during the week.
So, this week an Amazon voucher was burning a huge big hole in my pocket so I ended up buying 6 books just for the thrill of getting a delivery and annoying my postman further. 

She's So Dead to Us and He's So Not Worth It
by Kieran Scott
I read both in one day (I've been in my bed with the cold)
loved both of them and what a cliffhanger -  I can't wait for the last in the series.

One Night That Changes Everything
by Lauren Barnholdt
(I enjoyed Sometimes It Happens so thought I would give this a try too)
How To Ruin A Summer Vacation by Simone Elkeles
(this will keep me going until Chain Reaction comes out)

Watched by Sharde Richards
(I've had this on my wishlist for a while)
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
(I finished it last night it was amazing, I can't wait to read  The Piper's Son)

So what did you get in your mailbox this week?

Saturday, 23 July 2011

On my wish list

On my wish list is a fun little weekly meme started over at Book Chick City. I list the books that I really want to buy or borrow, they can be older books, just released or not even out yet books and then I drool over everyone else's wish lists and add even more books to my already enormous TBR list.

The Fine Art of Truth or Dare
Melissa Jensen
Expected publication: 16th Feb 2012

Pretty in Pink meets Anna and the French Kiss in this charming
romantic comedy
Ella is nearly invisible at the Willing School, and that’s just fine by her. She’s got her friends— the fabulous Frankie and their sweet cohort Sadie. She’s got her art— and her idol, the unappreciated 19th-century painter Edward Willing. Still, it’s hard being a nobody and having a crush on the biggest somebody in the school: Alex Bainbridge. Especially when he is your French tutor, and lessons have started becoming, well, certainly more interesting than French ever has been before. But can the invisible girl actually end up with a happily ever after with the golden boy, when no one even knows they’re dating? And is Ella going to dare to be that girl?

Any mention of Anna and The French Kiss and I am so there. I love this cover.

Stay With Me
Paul Griffin
Publication date: 8th September
An urban romance that will capture your soul, break your heart, and restore your faith in the human spirit

Fifteen-year-olds Cece and Mack didn't expect to fall in love. She's a sensitive A student; he's a high school dropout. But soon they're spending every moment together, bonding over a rescued dog, telling their secrets, making plans for the future. Everything is perfect. Until. Until. Mack makes a horrible mistake, and in just a few minutes, the future they'd planned becomes impossible. In this stark new reality, both of them must find meaning and hope in the memories of what they had, to survive when the person they love can't stay.

I want to know NOW what the horrible mistake Mack makes. Love the dog on this cover!

Never Enough
Lauren Dane
Berkley Publishing Group
Publication date: 6th September

Gillian Forrester spent her life running...until Miles came along. The moment she held her older sister's unwanted newborn, Gillian stopped running and began building a life for her adopted son. Now, thirteen years later, Gillian's sister reveals the father's identity on her deathbed-a revelation that shakes Gillian to her core.
Adrian Brown is the epitome of the successful rock star. It takes a lot to shock him-but the bombshell that he has a son rocks his world. And Adrian is even more surprised when the buttoned-up elegant woman who's raising him ignites his erotic and romantic attention-and engages his heart.

I will admit the cover got me with this one. Yummy.

What's on your wishlist this week?

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Review - Dash and Lily's Book of Dares

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Knopf books for young readers
Publication date: 26th Oct 2010
My rating: 4.5 out of 5

“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”
So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Dash and Lily correspond and then finally meet via a red moleskin notebook Lily left in the Strand bookshop, they send each other on dares and pass the notebook back and forward to each other revealing their innermost thoughts and feelings and in the process meet and interact with Lily's bonkers family and Dash's bizarre but sweet friends.

I absolutely adored the characters, Lily is very sweet and reminded me a bit of Luna from the Harry Potter series all floaty and a bit kooky. Dash is witty, sarcastic and bristly and is quickly renamed Snarl by Lily's family but underneath he really wants to believe there is someone out there for him . I found their bookish flirting completely irresistible.

There are so many quirky funny scenes and tonnes of quotable lines throughout the entire book. I thought Dash had the funniest scenes from him having to feel up Santa to get the notebook back whilst Santa laughs "Oh ho ho ho" in his ear and the Elf calls security as horrified parents look on, to the hilarious conversation with Lily's Aunt about what tea he wants to drink and the Washington Square Mommies activating an online crimson alert when Dash hits a kid in the eye with a snowball all made me literally snort with laughter.

Thoroughly entertaining and witty with a fantastic twisty plot line Dash & Lily's Book of Dares is by far the funniest book I have read so far this year. As Lily herself  said "It was clown crazy. I loved it"

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Review- Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal

Other Words For Love
Lorraine Zago Rosenthal
Publication date: 11th Jan 2011

When an unexpected inheritance enables Ari to transfer to an elite Manhattan prep school, she makes a wealthy new friend, Leigh. Leigh introduces Ari to the glamorous side of New York--and to her gorgeous cousin, Blake. Ari doesn't think she stands a chance, but amazingly, Blake asks her out. As their romance heats up, they find themselves involved in an intense, consuming relationship. Ari's family worries that she is losing touch with the important things in life, like family, hard work, and planning for the future.
When misfortune befalls Blake's family, he pulls away, and Ari's world drains of color. As she struggles to get over the breakup, Ari must finally ask herself: were their feelings true love . . . or something else?

Other Words For Love is a really absorbing understated coming of age story. It's about love and relationships from all consuming first love, best friends and new friends, to strained relationships with parents and siblings.

Set in 1980's New York, Ari Mitchell is an aspiring artist and all round sensible, sensitive smart cookie. She copes fairly well with her somewhat dysfunctional family. Her overbearing mother sees her potential and wants her to have a career and makes it blatantly obvious how disappointed she is in Ari's sister Evelyn who got pregnant at 17 and married a fireman. Ari has a very rocky relationship with with her sister who suffers from post natal depression and weight issues, the relationship deteriorates further when it's discovered that Ari has a huge crush on Evelyn's husband and sleeps with one of his t shirts. Ari finds herself frozen out and banned from her sister's house as her mother thinks it's for the best for Evelyn without really considering Ari's feelings. Ari also has a very frustrating and difficult relationship with her best friend Summer who puts Ari down constantly and subtly and is very jealous when Ari develops a new friendship with the very wealthy and sweet Leigh.

Into the picture comes Leigh's cousin Blake who is rich, gorgeous and studious and they end up in an all consuming relationship which is the very thing Ari's Mother has against since her sister became pregnant. Equally, Blake's very controlling father thinks Ari isn't good enough for his son and believes she is distracting him from following in his footsteps and becoming a lawyer which is in fact the opposite of what Blake actually wants.

At times I wanted to shout out loud with frustration at both Ari and Blake. Ari becomes the girl who is so loved up she fails her SAT's, Blake goes along with his domineering father's wishes and doesn't fight for Ari when his father makes him give her up. As the relationship ends Ari literally falls apart and does some crazy out of character stuff which had me shouting out even louder. I desperately wanted them to stand up for themselves and each other and Ari's complete devastation and struggle to overcome her feelings of hopelessness really tugged at my heartstrings.

Overall, Other Words For Love is a really emotional read with fantastically well developed characters who are easy to fall in love with. The writing is so good I really felt the emotions of the characters: the love, the despair and the struggle to get back on your feet after a heartbreak.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Review - The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Rae Carson
Publication date: 20th September
My rating: 5 out of 5

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one.
But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.
Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.
And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.
Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.
Most of the chosen do.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns is a downright awesome story of epic proportions. Long after I should have been sleeping I was still turning page after page completely engrossed in the debut novel from Rae Carson.

The growth of Princess Elisa is the backbone of the story. She starts off as a lazy, fat, useless, disappointment (her words) who is being married off at the age of sixteen to a neighbouring King as part of a political deal. However, Elisa is the bearer of the Godstone a living precious jewel in her navel which is believed to have been given to her just after her birth by God, with the understanding that the bearer (there is only one bearer every 100 years) will perform a great service, some form of dangerous destined act which will save others. Thus making Elisa a very important political and religious symbol.

Instead of become Queen as planned Elisa is kidnapped by rebels who firmly believe in the prophecy that the bearer will save them. Made to walk through the desert for nearly a month living in a tent, battling sandstorms and surviving on desert rat soup Elisa begins to toughen up and shape up. Once she arrives at the rebels village and sees the way they live Elisa begins to believe her service or destiny is to help the poor villagers fight against their enemies from Invierne who use evil sorcery.

I loved how Elisa eventually came into her own and showed real strength of character. Initially she doesn't think she can help, in her head she is still the useless pampered princess. However, she has studied the art of war and can develop battle strategies and therefore gives the villagers hope that they can "annoy" their enemies into submission. Elisa then becomes a fantastic rebel leader known as the lady of the Malificio. The Girl of Fire and Stone reminded me in parts of the story of Catherine of Aragon (Henry the Eighths first wife) in Philippa Gregory's fantastic historical fiction The Constant Princess. Both are the story of a young princess married off to a King, both have political intrigue, war and battle strategies, both also have a strong Spanish Influence and a religious background story running throughout.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns brilliance just sneaked up on me, it's not a quick read at 422 pages but it's well worth the time. With fantastic world building, a driving plot and tonnes of action I would highly recommend The Girl of Fire and Thorns to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy adventure. If like me, you loved Maria V. Snyder's Poison Study then this is the book for you.

A huge thanks to the fantastic Jade @ Ink Scratchers who very kindly let me borrow her copy as it has been on my wish list for a while and I was desperate to read it. The Girl of Fire and Thorns is also currently on Net Galley and is due for release on the 20th of September.

In my mailbox # 14

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren which aims to let book bloggers share what books they have bought, swapped or borrowed during the week.

I am very proud to say I went into two, yes two, bookshops this week and DID NOT BUY ANYTHING. Which I thought was an amazing show of self restraint from myself. I'm trying really hard to concentrate on getting throught the books I already have sitting in my bookcases.
I have however pre-ordered a few books for August and September from Amazon and The Book Depository but that doesn't count (kind of, in my head anyway)  

For review I received:
Everlasting by Alison Noel
Forbidden by Jana Oliver

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
from the very lovely Maricar over at Blackplume

I bought
(I had already ordered these, honest guv...)
But I Love Him by Amanda Grace
Starstruck by Cyn Balog

From Net galley
Eve by Anna Carey

Anything nice in your mailbox this week?

Saturday, 16 July 2011

On my wish list

On my wish list is a fun little weekly meme started over at Book Chick City. I list the books that I really want to buy or borrow, they can be older books, just released or not even out yet books and then I drool over everyone else's wish lists and add even more books to my already enormous TBR list.

First Grave on the Right
Darynda Jones
St. Martin's Press
1st Feb 2011

Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life…and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.

This has had a few 5 star ratings on Goodreads so I might give it a go.

The List
Siobhan Vivian
Expected publication: April 2012

An intense look at the rules of high school attraction-and the price that's paid for them.
It happens every year. A list is posted, and one girl from each grade is chosen as the prettiest, and another is chosen as the ugliest. Nobody knows who makes the list. It almost doesn't matter. The damage is done the minute it goes up.
This is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, "pretty" and "ugly." And it's also the story of how we see ourselves, and how other people see us, and the tangled connection of the two.

I just finished Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivan and saw this, it sounds pretty good.

Taking a Shot
Jaci Burton
Publication date: 12th Feb 2012

If you want to score, you have to get in the game...
The last thing Jenna Riley needs is more sports in her life. While her brothers are off being athletic superstars, she’s stuck running the family’s sports bar, whether she likes it or not. Then in walks pro hockey stud Tyler Anderson. As much as Jenna would like to go to the boards with him, she’s vowed to never fall for a jock—even one as hot as Ty.
Ty, intrigued by the beautiful bar owner, becomes a regular. He senses that Jenna wants to do something more with her life. And as he gains her trust, the passion between them grows, as does Ty’s insistence that Jenna should start living for herself. With his encouragement, Jenna starts to believe it, too…
But first, Jenna has to figure out what she wants, what she needs, who she loves, and if she has the passion and pride to take a shot at having it all—including Ty…

I know nothing about hockey. Not a thing. Who cares? Isn't the cover yummy?